Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak, who has repeatedly declined to discuss his role in disclosing the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, said in a speech this week that he is certain President Bush knows who his mystery administration source is.
Novak seemed to be a little testy, telling reporters to stop bugging him.
"I'm confident the president knows who the source is," Novak told a luncheon audience at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday, according to an account published yesterday in the Raleigh News & Observer. "I'd be amazed if he doesn't."
"So I say, don't bug me. Don't bug Bob Woodward. Bug the president as to whether he should reveal who the source is," Novak said.
This is the first time I have seen Novak take the President to task like this in regards to the leak investigation. But, all in all, Novak is undoubtedly right. Bush knew that Rove and Libby were involved long before it became public knowledge. To think that the White House does not know who the third leaker is by now is absurd.
So Mr. President, here is your third opportunity to be forthcoming. You failed the first two times.
Columnist Says Bush Knows Who Leaked Name